Undergraduates delve deeper into translation issues by pursuing a certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication.   

Certificate Requirements

All students enrolled in the certificate program are required to successfully complete the following program requirements.  Each student's specific course of study must be approved by the program director:

1. The program's two core courses: TRA 200 Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication and TRA 400 Translation, Migration, Culture.

2. Four courses at the 200 level or above from at least two of the following three categories:

a) Upper-level courses focusing on translation into and/or from a foreign language (examples include: SPA 380, FRE 407, ARA 308, and CWR 306)

b) Courses that contribute to an understanding of some aspect of translation (may be found in disciplines such as linguistics, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, history, comparative literature, etc.)

c) Any course listed or cross-listed by the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication (with the exception of TRA 200 and TRA 400)

Courses outside these categories that contribute to an understanding of intercultural and interlingual communication may be substituted at the discretion of the program director.

3. International Experience. See Study and Work Abroad below. [Note: due to the change in global circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, this requirement will be waived for the Class of 2022.]

4. Independent Work. Students in the program will write a senior thesis that incorporates issues of translation in one or more of its several senses. In departments where this option presents a difficulty, a student may petition to have another piece of independent work meet the requirement. Such projects may be completed, for instance, during a summer stay abroad.

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International Experience/Study or Work Abroad

Students wishing to achieve a certificate in the program will spend a year, a semester, or six weeks of the summer in a Princeton-approved course of study or internship program in an area where the chosen non-English language of proficiency is spoken.

Language Requirement 

In order to enter the program, a student should normally have completed at least two courses at the 200 level or above in a language other than English.

Undergraduate Summer Funding

PTIC invites proposals for undergraduate translation projects to be taken in Summer 2022. We encourage students to undertake translation projects, deepening their engagement both with the languages they work in, and with the creative act of translation.  Priority will be given to students currently pursuing the Certificate in PTIC, but we encourage anyone with an interest in translation to apply, even those who have never had formal experience with translating texts.

Apply through SAFE .  Submit a proposal of approximately 500 words. Please describe the text you plan to translate and why you think it worth translating; the approximate length (try to choose something substantial, but not so long that you can’t complete the project!); your knowledge of the language(s) in question; and your prior experience with translation. Please also state whether you are undertaking this translation as part of your independent work for your department, and whether it has been supported by any other University funding. Students are welcome to translate from and into any languages, and choose texts of any genre, including non-literary texts.  SAFE application opens February 18, 2022.  Deadline is April 29, 2022.


Contact Yolanda Sullivan, program manager or call 609-258-9864.